|Student Council President Meets with the Board of Deniz
Bilkent Student Council President Ali Erdinç Savcı met with the board of Deniz
Temiz/TURMEPA (Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association), an organization that
promotes environmental awareness and responsibility regarding Turkey's coastline.
Established in 1994, Deniz Temiz/TURMEPA unites industry and marine science
representatives with interested citizens and volunteers in order to prevent pollution of
the sea and coastline, clean up existing pollution, and create awareness of the problem.
Memoriam: Gürkan Süler
Chairman Eşref Cerrahoğlu and board members Dr. Vera Bulgurlu, Asaf Güneri and Aziz
Duman explained the issues. "We are working to protect Turkeys marine and coastal
environment to ensure that future generations may continue to enjoy the health,
recreational and economic benefits the sea provides. We carry out our activities through
our local coordinators at 53 points along 8.400 km of coastline from Hopa to İskenderun.
We also implement environmental education programs to instill in children and youth an
environmental consciousness and to ensure the long-term conservation of the seas, said
The group's efforts up to now have included:
-educating more than 250,000 students at
2,000 elementary and high schools about the prevention of marine pollution.
-training 7,500 students at 75 elementary schools as "environment detectives"
through the ALIPOT Environment Detectives Training Project.
-offering seminars on the prevention of marine pollution for boat captains, sailors and
Deniz Temiz/TURMEPA also organizes sea and coastline cleanup activities, using their five
boats and the support of many volunteers. Up to now, they have collected 15,000 tons of
solid waste and 250 tons of petroleum waste, primarily in the course of the annual
International Coast Cleanup Campaign.
Student Council President Savcı stated that he is certain they will find Bilkent students
who will volunteer to help make Turkey's coasts cleaner.
Deniz Temiz/TURMEPA has a web site (http://www.turmepa.org.tr) that
offers information related to the sea and pollution.
Gürkan Süler (1939-2004), a member of the Board of Trustees of
Bilkent University until recently, passed away unexpectedly at Atatürk International
Airport in Istanbul on Sunday, December 26, due to a heart attack.
Mr. Süler had served the university since 1990 as a legal advisor specializing in labor
relations. He had done graduate studies in this area at Sheffield University in England
after graduating from the Law School of Ankara University in 1963. During his career, he
held important positions such as that of Deputy General Manager of Karadeniz Bakır
İşletmeleri (a copper-mining company), and was also a legal advisor for international
companies including ASEA Brown Boweri and Panadiane International.
Prof. Ümit Berkman, who worked with him for several years, had the following to say:
Mr. Süler not only knew in every detail the laws and regulations related to his own
area, but also had a thorough knowledge of a number of legal cases, which is indicative of
his perfectionist and research-oriented approach. Due to his background and experience, he
was extremely successful in analyzing legal issues on which the university needed an
expert opinion. We will definitely miss his contributions.
Gürkan Süler is survived by his wife, İdil Süher. Members of the Bilkent Community
wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Süler family and to Mr. Süler's
|AIRS Provides a New Feature for Advisors
By the end of
this month, academic advisors will be able to use AIRS (Academic Information Review
System) to request a meeting with their advisees prior to those students' online
Through AIRS, an advisor will now be able to bring a compact list of his/her advisees to
the screen. By ticking a box next to an advisee's name, he/she can initiate the sending of
an invitation message to the student, requesting to meet him/her. The system automatically
generates an appointment time two hours prior to the student's online registration
appointment time, with some exceptions. Full details are provided in the AIRS system.
After the meeting with his/her advisee, the advisor should clear the ticked box, so that
the student can proceed with online registration.
Until the ticked box is cleared by the advisor (or, failing that, by the department
chairperson), the student is blocked from online registration.
To: You, the Advisee
Date: January 28, 2005
Subject: Please come to my office on...
Starting with the Spring 2005 semester, your academic advisor may be contacting you by
e-mail to give you an appointment date/time to see him/her before your online
You should check your
e-mail before January 31, 2005, to see if your advisor has made an
appointment for you.
If so, you need to see your advisor at that time in order to be able to register online.
Rhythms to End the Year
A year of
concerts and music programs is coming to an end. Don't worry--a new year filled with
musical, artistic and cultural events will soon be starting at Bilkent. But before then,
on December 29 at 8 p.m., the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
will play its final concert of the year in the Bilkent Concert Hall. This will be a
concert with a difference: the music ensemble Quartango will be performing with the BSO,
bringing the distinctive rhythm of the tango to the Bilkent stage.
This will be Quartango's first concert in Turkey. The award-winning ensemble takes tango
in new directions, with innovative arrangements and unexpected allusions to classical
All Bilkenters will have the opportunity to experience this unique blend of musical styles
on Wednesday evening.
Gülay Acar (COMD/II)
Transfer Regulations Revised by the Senate
decision taken by the University Senate on December 22, 2004, the section of the
Interdepartmental Transfers (Internal Transfers) regulations regarding
"Applications" was modified as follows:
"Applications for Interdepartmental Transfers can be made until the fall semester
online registration date for fall semester transfers; and for spring semester transfers,
up to one week after the date of the last final examination of the fall semester."
Students who decide to do interdepartmental transfers will not be permitted to take
amnesty examinations. If a student elects to take amnesty examinations instead, he/she
will not be able to do an interdepartmental transfer.
Additionally, the number of courses which a student may withdraw from remains the same
even in the case of interdepartmental transfer students, according to a new article in the
The full text of the regulations with the above changes for interdepartmental transfers
can be found at: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/
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